Earthquake rattles Tamworth

AN earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 was recorded between Tamworth and Gunnedah last night.

Emergency services received phone calls from areas including Tamworth, Gunnedah and Maules Creek from about 9.30pm.

There were reports that the ground moved and buildings rattled.

No one was reported injured and there were no reports of damage.

Sirens were heard in Armidale.

Geoscience Australia reported a quake of 4.2 magnitude at 9.31pm.

Geoscience Australia said the quake may have been felt up to 76 kilometres away and caused damage up to 6 kilometres away.

Its data showed there were two distinct tremors and that it was the 10th tremor recorded in mainland Australia this week.

The NSW tremor had a depth of 17 kilometres.

Police media said they had received a number of calls from Tamworth residents who reported their windows had shaken. Many thought someone was trying to break in.

The quake struck west of Manilla, north of Lake Keepit.

A Boggabri resident told the Newcastle Herald they felt the quake.

‘‘I just felt a quake like 10 minutes ago, it shook my whole house,’’ he said.

Richard Turner, of Invergowrie said there was one tremor and then another two minutes later.

‘‘I contacted other neighbours. They confirmed they had the same thing,’’ he said.

‘‘A deep rumble and things shaking."

Twitter and hashtag Tamworth were abuzz in the minutes after the quake.

‘‘Long weekend started with a bang,’’ Benjamin Paton tweeted.

‘‘Cross that off the bucket list I guess.

‘‘First short like a strong sudden wind. Second about two minutes later, strong, longer, house shuddering.

‘‘All is fine, no damage, and all are safe, just a little shook up.’’

Others were quick to blame coal seam gas for the incident.

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